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Dive Review of Scuba Cat in
Thailand

Scuba Cat, Apr, 2004,

by K C DenDooven, NV, USA . Report 1195.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Coral Sea, Solomons, Dominica, Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 87 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None; Ocean floor was at 130 ft.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I did not do any UWP -- but those who did the conditions were excellent. The Dive Master, P J Widestrand, was an excellent video photog, and made DVDs after the trip -- for sale. No real need to take photos! I just enjoyed the marine life. No film processing lab on boat(s)

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Live-aboard's boat was the Scuba Adventure. The site is world class. I plan to go back in 2005. I made a 10-day trip from two 4 dayers -- with a transferto their Scuba Cat which operates mainly for shorter trips, in the Similin Island Group. Then back to the Scuba Adventure for another 4 days. This way I went to Richeleau Rock twice. Seven sightings of Giant Mantas - up close and personal!. Leopard Sharks. Currents were strong on some dives. Begineers migh have problems. P J (Widestrand) the Dive Master watched out for everybody in this situation. On one dive he told several to just hang out on the bow line: they saw 3 Giant Mantas -- the rest of us -- saw 2!
Overall a great trip. Most divers used 3mm suits. I used a tee shirt. water temp at 130 ft. was 81 F!!! Nitrox available on Scuba Adv.
Point of Live-aboards: I was on for two trips. First 4 days, very congenial group from all over. 2nd 4-dayer - a very quiet group almost no friendly conversations.
Note: My experiences was very similar to one you published recently on another live-aboard out of Phuket.
The outfit I went with has a web site: www.Scubacat.com
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